Covid-19 Participant Precautions and Protocols
- Self-Health screenings are required before entry: check to see if you are exhibiting any Covid-19 symptoms prior to building entry. If you do have symptoms, wait to enter premises until you have had no fever for at least 72 hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least 14 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
- Before entering the studio, please use hand sanitizer. We have sanitizer available at the entrance.
- All participants must maintain a 6-foot distance between non-household individuals when possible.
- Masks are encouraged and depending on how the numbers are in VT may need to be worn in the studio.
Dance, Paint, Write! Wednesdays, 9:30AM – 11:30AM
(Hybrid In-Studio and Online) next series of 4 begins 5/11/22. Single sessions available with pre- registration.
Dance, Paint, Write! is a body/mind/spirit energetic meditation. This process takes people into “the zone” or flow state. (defined as an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.) The intermodal process begins with each person standing or sitting ( according to ability*) in stillness as music plays. Each participant is encouraged to listen deeply to impulses in their body and intuitively begin to move, allowing the movement to develop into a personal dance all the while attuning to the music and the movements of the other movers in the room. From movement we shift to intuitive painting and allow the paintbrush and colors to find their place on the page. The process then continues with free writing followed by a simple writing prompt that pulls the whole experience together. The session will conclude in a safe, supportive share and witness process where all interested can share their reflections.
*This process is designed to be accessible to typically abled people as well as people in wheelchairs, stationary chairs or on crutches. Open to adults and teens.
The hybrid model actually works very well with people sharing via zoom from home and in the studio. Appropriate for complete beginners and movers, artists and writers of all skill levels. This offering is suggested to be purchased in the 4 class series. It is ongoing and can be joined at any time. Register by calling Topaz at 802 343-8172, email@example.com or on Venmo@Topaz-Weis
$80 for the series of 4 sessions. Single sessions – $25.
Single session $25.
10/22 The Body Positive Conundrum – A Psychodrama and Action Methods Workshop
Do you experience tension between espousing:
Beauty at any size
I love myself as I am
I reject societal, patriarchal, and capitalist expectations of how my body should look
…I want my body to be different?
How do you reconcile that tension and honor the wholeness of who you are? It can feel like a Conundrum.
Our goal is to find true transformation which occurs when we can hold the tension of the conundrum and allow for a new third attitude to emerge. (Jung referred to this as the transcendent function.)
Using the context of body image we will explore the tension of opposite perspectives, how to navigate that energy with the intended outcome of reconciliation. We will engage in this work through psychodrama, visual art making, and action methods.
In this workshop, participants are given an opportunity to learn about and engage in visual art making, story-telling and a variety of psychodramatic techniques that can be integrated and used in different therapeutic models. Psychodrama means “soul in action” and is an experiential, dynamic, action-oriented group process. It is designed to generate creative energy and spontaneity that can greatly enhance a person’s ability to manage or bring about desired change in an atmosphere of safety and support. We invite you to engage in your own personal growth and discover how the expressive arts can help you live life to its fullest.
☼ Refreshments will be provided –adequate time will be given for lunch on your own ☼
No prior experience required.
Sat, Oct. 22, 2022 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
$120 before Oct 10, $130 after Oct 10.
Student rates available.
6 CEUs will be offered through VT office of professional regulation in allied mental health. To register send you name/contact info with a check or call 802 343-8172.
Please make checks payable to Dr. Sue Shaffer, 3 Main St. Ste 108, Burlington VT 05403
OR pay thru venmo @Dr_Sue_Shaffer
Covid precautions: Must be vaccinated. We are waiting to see what numbers are in VT to determine if masks will be required.
Sue Shaffer, PhD, LCMHC, CP is a licensed psychotherapist, nationally certified psychodramatist, and holds a PhD in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has presented at the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama national conferences and the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies. Sue has a private practice in Burlington, VT.
Topaz Weis, BA, REACE® is a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator, Co-Chair of the REACE® Professional Standards Committee for IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association) a certified SoulCollage® Facilitator, artist, speaker, astrologer and mother. She is the Founder /Creative Director of Expressive Arts Burlington in Burlington, Vermont. Topaz works internationally in person and via zoom with individual clients, groups and organizations leading people in fun and profound experiences to engage their imaginations and explore their creativity.
10/16 Broken Bowl Workshop : Healing Broken Lives Through the Art of Kintsugi
Mark your Calendars!
(Hybrid) Sunday October 16th, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm EDT
$120 in studio, $135 includes shipping of bowl for online
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
~ Leonard Cohen
This full day workshop has been inspired by the teachings of Kintsugi, which roughly translates to “golden joinery,” the Japanese philosophy that states, “the value of an object is not in its beauty, but in its imperfections, and these imperfections are something to celebrate, not hide.”
Join us in studio or via zoom as we each ritualistically break, paint and repair a bowl. The bowl represents us as individuals being transformed into something new, honoring our uniqueness, our beauty, our story.
Participants will engage in a multimodal process that blends ritual, writing and visual art. Please bring a journal. No art experience required!
Cost: $120 in studio includes all materials, $135 via zoom, includes bowl, glue and shipping.
Pre-registration for zoom participants required by Oct 1st. Contact Topaz Weis for information and registration, (802) 343-8172. Payment can be made by check, via Venmo @Topaz-Weis or at: www.expressiveartsburlington.com/workshops.. .
11/12 StoryCloth: A Visual Storytelling Workshop
Do you have a meaningful story from your past that cannot be expressed in words alone? Or maybe you want to map out a story for yourself this new year by stitching together goals, ambitions, and future endeavors. Every journey will be granted the opportunity to be told through a playful, visual means during this workshop. We will hold these stories with great care in our hearts and in our hands. This is a hybrid in-studio and via zoom offering.
Meeting time is 9:30 am to 5:00 pm EST with lunch break. For those attending in person, social-distancing and mask-wearing will be required. (see below for more details)
In-Studio cost: $120 OR $100 if registering before November 1st. Includes materials..
Via Zoom cost: $80 materials not included..
12/3 Online Intro to SoulCollage®
“Stir together the ingredients of your imagination and intuition with a few powerful, cut-out images, and you can create your first SoulCollage® card. After that you will probably want to make a second, a third, and, over time, many more. Gradually you can create your deck of very personal cards. …they will help you explore your Soul, your shadow, and your inborn gifts.” – Seena Frost
Intro to SoulCollage® is an excellent way to experiment with the art of collage. This workshop is a deeply personalized creative experience structured around the SoulCollage® method which engages our intuition, dream images, archetypes and internal cast of characters. This workshop is open to all and can be a useful tool for those working in the healing and helping professions. This SoulCollage® intro can be used towards the pre-requisites for taking the official SoulCollage® facilitator training. This is an online workshop offered via zoom. your link will be sent after registration and payment are completed.
Saturday, December 3rd, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Cost: $50.